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The Gas Giant Planets

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The Gas Giant Planets
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.13

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    microscopic, hydrogen, helium, planetary, nitrogen, rotation, revolution, atmosphere, orbit, rage, methane, violent, mass, fluid, particle, lightweight
     content words:    Hubble Space Telescope, Great Red Spot, Like Jupiter, Great Dark Spot


The Gas Giant Planets
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Caption: Photo credit: NASA Picture of Saturn from the Hubble Space Telescope
 
2     Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. These are giant gas planets. Scientists think they have small, solid cores. The core is surrounded by fluid. Lightweight gases such as hydrogen and helium make up their atmospheres. With all their satellites and ring systems, the gas giants are very interesting to observe.
 
3     Jupiter is the largest planet. It is the fifth from the sun. The length of its year is about 4,330 Earth days. This is how long it takes for Jupiter to make one revolution around the sun. It spins very fast, however. It takes only about ten Earth hours for Jupiter to make one rotation. So, we say that a day on Jupiter is only ten hours long.
 
4     Jupiter's diameter is about one-tenth the diameter of the sun. Jupiter's diameter is eleven times larger than Earth's. This giant planet makes up about 70 percent of all the planetary matter in our solar system.

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